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The Postgraduate's Companion

The Postgraduate's Companion

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September 2008 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Postgraduate's Companion is the most comprehensive, practical and accessible source of support and guidance for anyone contemplating starting, or already undertaking, their research degree.

Hall and Longman's invaluable book is an essential reference resource for anyone doing postgraduate research or thinking of doing it. Leading experts in their fields address the fundamental questions of what a research degree involves; how to choose the best institution; secure an offer; and fund your research degree.

For students who are currently working towards a research degree the book deals with the process thoroughly, including coverage of:

  • getting the most from the supervisory relationship
  • planning and writing the thesis
  • navigating and succeeding in research training
  • learning to teach in HE and balancing teaching and research
  • beating the blues and learning how to complete in good time
  • succeeding in the viva voce examination.

The final section of the book covers what to do with a research degree once you have one. This includes identifying your skills; staying in academia; research outside academia; leaving research and academia; and starting your own business.

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Introduction and How to Use this Book - Dr Ged Hall and Dr Jo Longman
What is a Postgraduate Research Degree? - Professor Stuart Powell and Professor Howard Green (Postgraduate Directions)
Section I: Considering Becoming a Postgraduate Research Student in the UK and Securing an Offer
Why Do a Postgraduate Research Degree? - Simon P Felton
How Much will it cost? - Dr Ged Hall and Dr Jo Longman
Where can I get Funding? - Professor Mary Bownes and Robert Lawrie
Sources of Information About Where to Do a Postgraduate Research Degree and How to Choose the Best Institution
Writing a Research Proposal, Securing an Offer and Applying for Funding - Professor Sharon Monteith and Helen Foster
Section II: Getting Your Research Degree
The Supervision Process and the Nature of the Research Degree - Dr Lucinda Becker and Professor Pam Denicolo
Managing the research process and the supervisory relationship - Dr Lucinda Becker and Professor Pam Denicolo
Searching and Reviewing the Literature and Information Skills - Dr Chris Hart
Research Ethics - Dr John R Gibbins
Getting Started with Writing - Dr Rowena Murray
Plagiarism, Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright - Jude Carroll, Chris Luton and Laurence Bebbington
Transferable Skills Training and Assessing Your Training Needs - Ellen Pearce
Presentation Skills - Dr Helen Lawrence
Academic Conference - Dr Martyn Kingsbury and Dr Roberto Di Napoli
Teaching as Part of Your Professional Development - Dr Kate Exley
Beating the Research Blues - Dr Steve Hutchinson
Writing Your Thesis - Dr Joanna Channell
Submission and Completion - Dr Fiona Denny
The Viva - Dr Penny Tinkler and Dr Carolyn Jackson
Section III: Moving on from Your Research Degree
What Can Research Students do? - Dr Sara Shinton
Identifying and valuing your transferable skills - Clare Jones
Staying in academia - Professor Wyn Grant
Research Outside Academia - Dr Seema Sharma
Leaving academia and research - Sarah Musson
Entrepreneurship - Dr Richard Lilley


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At last virtually everything that a postgraduate research degree student should need to know in a single volume.

Ian Haines
Member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education, and former Director of the Graduate School, London Metropolitan University

A chunky book with many chapters and sections from multiple authors. Target audience is clearly PostGrad and research students however, good quality undergraduates would also benefit from reading sections of it. For example, the parts on designing proposals, academic writing, and ethics would be of wider interest. It may also inspire them to consider PG learning!

Dr Rachel Curzon
Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
April 10, 2013

A chunky book with many chapters and sections from multiple authors. The structure, as well as the advice on how to use the book, were helpful in ensuring the reader could find and use the information sought. Additional sources of support are also provided for each section which was a thoughtful touch.

Dr Rachel Curzon
Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
April 10, 2013

A big book with lots of ideas! Multiple authors have contributed to this book on numerous themes. Students on taught courses will find sections on literature reviews, ethics and academic writing useful whereas those on PhD programmes would benefit from working their way through the book as they progress with their research.

Dr Rachel Curzon
Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
April 10, 2013

I understand that approximatelt 10% of students have purchased this book, however I feel it may be more suited to many of our overseas students now joining UK programmes, or the ones we teach overseas.

Dr Colin Jones
Dept Nursing & Primary Care Practice, Liverpool John Moores University
October 23, 2010

This book is an excellent companion for any postgraduate researcher. It is particularly useful when thinking about timing of undertaking doctoral research and the stages of the process from design through to completion, viva and what to do next.

Dr Rebecca Westrup
Education , Liverpool Hope University
November 13, 2009

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